Analysis: Five problem areas for Tottenham to address

“While Spurs demonstrated impressive defensive solidity in the season’s opening weeks, conceding only two goals in their first six league fixtures, they have since shown a worrying tendency to collapse when circumstances conspire against them. They conceded three goals in 13 second-half minutes in a shock 3-0 home defeat by West Ham United in October and went 5-0 down at [Manchester] City after only 55 minutes. The 63rd-minute dismissal of Paulinho against Liverpool, meanwhile, was the catalyst for a calamitous 14-minute spell in which they shipped three late goals.”

I’ve identified the five most pressing issues awaiting attention in the in-tray of André Villas-Boas’s successor as Tottenham Hotspur manager, and you can read about them here.

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